May 2014

For years I would look at people, places and things, always finding fault. I would zero in on details that I believed should be different and wondered why they didn't correspond to what I believed was the “right” way. We often are told that age brings wisdom. Of course, with my obsession for being youthful, wisdom felt like a booby prize. Now, happily, that is no longer the case. It occurred to me that my style of seeing that things that should be done “my way” was robbing me of the opportunity to view life through the eyes of others.


Games, performances, interactive experiments, and the great outdoors combine for a full-day science extravaganza. Installations and activities from more than 50 organizations will focus on our three themes: space, weather, and robots. There’s so much to explore: cutting-edge science experiments on the International Space Station, Mars rovers, extreme weather simulations, and robots that might someday live in your house, to name a few!


Come see "Why Can't They All Be Like Johnny Depp: Comedy Short," directed by Jeffrey Hirschberg, at the NY Shorts Fest on May 27th. The New York International Short Film Festival (NY Shorts Fest) showcases the finest short-form cinema from around the world to enthusiastic audiences in the vibrant filmmaking enclave of New York City.


Janet Gorzegno continues to explore richly evocative images combining the poetic and the mystical. Her work, on exhibit through June 14th, shows the recurring motif of these intimately-scaled gouache paintings as the human head, serene and stilled, as if caught between thought and action. These luminous images test the visual tension between abstraction – with its vivid geometries and colors – and naturalistic portrayal. They offer a visual metaphor for meditative states and the space of dreams.


It may be rainy today, but it will be gorgeous this weekend. Check out McNally Jacskon's Storytime at the Elizabeth Street Garden, and meet author Richard T. Morris; or rather, they can meet a moose pretending to be R. T. Morris; or perhaps it's really an author named Richard masquerading as a moose--which is perfect for a fabulous new book called This Is A Moose, written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by award-winning artist Tom Lichtenheld.


I was watching CBS News this morning when they announced that experiments with blood transfusions was reversing aging in mice. Living here in peaceful, protected Anguilla, I watch TV daily to keep up with what's happening in the world. No longer shocked at the news of war, tornadoes, global”warming”, this came a pleasant surprise.


Join avid Middle School readers for an evening of four superlative authors writing for middle grade audiences. Tony Abbott is the author of The Secrets of Droon, Firegirl, and, most recently, The Copernicus Legacy. Over 12 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide. Christopher Healy is the author of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle, and The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw.


On May 15th Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, a family friendly community walk dedicated to raising awareness and mission-critical funds for cures for digestive diseases. In the past five years alone, they have succeeded in bringing together over 100,000 people and raised close to $40 million to help further CCFA’s mission. 80 cents of every dollar raised goes towards breakthrough research, public and professional education, and patient support services in communities across the nation.